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John and Elizabeth Brown, better known as Jack and Lizzi, were married in England and had two sons.
In 1924 my dad decided to come to Canada and arrived in Coalhurst to work in the coal mines. Mother and the two boys arrived later in 1926.
Our first home in Coalhurst was a small two roomed shack just west of the present Catholic Church. We had coal oil lamps for light, a barrel in the ground where the water was delivered and we had outside plumbing. Quite a change from our home in England. After a short time we moved to a four roomed company house, a big improvement over the shack. We lived here for many years before moving into a three bedroom house.
The family made many new friends while in Coalhurst some who still live in the City of Lethbridge today.
Mother was always busy in the early years, money was not plentiful and she sewed all our clothes and was always busy with the best of home cooked meals. During meal times, the door was always open and like most other homes in Coalhurst was always full of kids.
Dad was very active in community affairs. He was on the executive of the Miners Club, always helped with the Christmas party the miners put on for the kids of Coalhurst. I remember him travelling with Constable Davis on several trips he investigated and visiting Mr. Shovlington who lived south of Coalhurst and trained Bloodhounds for the police. Along with Andy Barrie he was among the first to go down the mine after the explosion to look for their comrades.
Another brother was born in Coalhurst. During the dirty thirties our parents took us on many outings as we grew up. Picnics at the river-bottom or Park Lake. Berry picking to make jam, fishing and many more things. It was a common sight to see many families on hay wagons going on picnics.
There were two Churches left in Coalhurst which were active. The Pentecostal and the Catholic. The Presbyterian had closed. The largest percent of all the kids in Coalhurst attended one of these.
After the mine explosion we stayed in Coalhurst until 1937, then moved to Lethbridge. Our Dad still worked in the mines, Shaughnessy and No. 8 mine.
Dad served his country during the 1914-1918 World War and in 1940 he once again joined the Veteran Guards.
This took him overseas to bring back Prisoners of War. He was stationed at well known camps such as Seebe, Kananaskis, Port Arthur and Lethbridge. Many stories could be told about his war years. In 1946 he was discharged. His last working years were spent as caretaker for the Army, Navy and Airforce Club in Lethbridge. When he finished this job he retired and enjoyed many happy years of retirement. He was a member of the Army, Navy and Airforce Club, The Legion and The Miners Library Club all of which he enjoyed.
Mother also spent many happy years in retirement, visiting her son, grandsons and great-grandchildren along with her many friends. After a good full life of eighty-seven years Mother passed away in 1979.
Dad enjoyed very good health until the ripe age of ninety-three and after a short illness passed away in 1981.
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